UFC’s rising star shares he gets only $16k per bout – but is still willing to pay $10k to opponent to accept bout

UFC rising talent Muhammad Mokaev said he would give $10,000 to Alex Perez to accept him as a replacement for Kai Kara France.

Muhammad Mokaev is one of the youngest athletes competing in the UFC right now. The 22-year-old is currently undefeated with a total of 9 victories and 1 no-contest in his professional career.

He joined the UFC in March and already defeated three opponents in a row. He successfully defeated Cody Durden, Charles Johnson, and lastly Malcolm Gordon in October. Currently, Mokaev is sitting at number 14 in the flyweight division.

Mokaev dreams of becoming the youngest UFC champion but UFC income isn’t even enough to support himself at the time.

However, Perez is already in the works to face another prospect, Manel Kape. Perez was originally slated to face Kai-Kara France at UFC 284, but France pulled out due to injury.

But, Mokaev still wants to be tapped as a replacement. He even said that he is willing to give Perez most of his purse to accept the match.

On Twitter, he said he is willing to pay Perez $10,000.

Fans questioned the math considering that you can’t really live in UK cheaply.

Mokaev went on to reveal that the camp itself would cost him between $10,000 and $15,000 so he’s practically offering to pay Perez out of pocket.

Mokaev allegedly receives financial support from Bahrain’s sheik. During an interview, Mokaev said that he formed a relationship with the royal family when he competed in Bahrain for the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation.

“At my amateur debut in 2015, I posted a video on Instagram and the prince of Bahrain, Sheikh Khalid [bin Hamad Al Khalifa] saw it,” Mokaev tells The National. “He tagged the Brave president, Mohammed Shahid, saying, ‘Watch out for this kid’.” Mokaev said in an interview.

He added, “It’s not about money. There’s no contract between Sheikh and me. Nothing. It’s more than any contract with huge money; more relationships, like family.”

Mokaev is able to live and train in UK thanks to patronage from Sheikh Khalid [bin Hamad Al Khalifa] who had promised him a $100,000 bonus if he was victorious in his last outing.